Dial House

Catcott, Somerset
+44 (0)1278 723261

A friendly and fascinating old house - or wing of - for get-togethers on the bird-filled Somerset Levels. Walk, cycle, enjoy big skies


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome

The Experience

A history-filled Hall house has been restored by Barry and Cynthia, who have gently unearthed all sorts of interesting architectural stuff. They’ve also collected some beautiful things: pictures, prints, antiques and vintage finds all rub along quite happily under their curation, so staying here is a treat for those with a good eye.

The kitchen will suit sociable cooks and you’ll find all the basics you need plus a nifty yellow spice cabinet and milk, bread, coffee etc in case you haven’t had time to shop. Walk to the village shop – they sell everything from lemons to lawnmowers – or pop into the local for decent pub grub. Bedrooms are all upstairs and are equally quirky, deeply comfortable and very, very quiet.

The mature and beautiful garden wraps itself around the house – you have your own bit, but you’re also welcome to wander the orchard and paddock. Walk or cycle straight onto the Levels from here.

Dial House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Discovering the architectural history of the house
  • Having big, sociable meals at the kitchen table
  • Staying in by the Danish wood-burner when the weather is stormy
Dial House - Gallery

You should know

  • Bathrooms are private but not en suite and one is downstairs
  • It's not good for toddlers with wobbly levels downstairs and a pond in the garden


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £1050
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £1503 bedrooms


We had a really lovely time at Dial house, thank you Cynthia! The house was delightful. Wonderful artistic decor, really comfortable luxurious beds and divine bathrooms, lots of space, everything we needed in the kitchen, even vinyl records to play in the lounge. The garden is huge and tranquil and the patio perfect for sunny summer evenings. We explored Glastonbury and Cheddar and the river at Lydford. The Mendips and the Quantocks were great for some mountain biking. Great family holiday.

Rachel, Lewes

Really wonderful stay at Dial House, which has what's best described as a relaxed & quirky charm! Cynthia and Barry are perfect hosts, friendly and available but not in any way intrusive, and there's masses of space to enjoy the historically-interesting building (partly dating from the 15th century), artistic design touches and terrific cottage garden. Very comfortable rooms and well-equipped kitchen. Good broadband, although mobile connectivity varies. Lots to do in the area, especially willdife-related, with some fine, distinctive pubs (2 in the village). We intend to return.

Mark, Cambridge

We absolutely loved staying at Dial Cottage. The house and its grounds are stunning and impeccably well kept. We were a small group of adults and 1 child and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and very much enjoyed the ambience of the house and its decor. Cynthia and Barry were perfect hosts and we left feeling that this was one of the best places we’d ever stayed.

Adele, London

Lovely hosts, always on hand if you need anything but you have the wing of the house to yourself. Beautiful house, full of Mediterranean touches, felt like we were in Provence! Bed and duvet super comfy. The garden was a delight for us and the boys with the pond and water feature and patio for evening drinks. Lots to do in the area, Glastonbury and the Tor, nature reserves, cycling and good pubs in the area. Ideal for a relaxing, country break. Would highly recommend.

Suzy, London

Dial House is a lovely holiday home; full of light and artistic decorative touches in each of the rooms. A favourite was the large bathroom upstairs with a beautiful vineyard mural painted by Cynthia the owner. A large and quiet garden affords lazy wanders and alfresco eating while the TV den downstairs is a great place to settle in with the latest box-set. Catcott is charming and pretty: well situated for Clarks Village in Street, Glastonbury and Wells. All the white goods and a generous driveway with plenty of parking.

Louise, Abu Dhabi

Come to be inspired by the huge personality of the interiors, the beautiful garden and grounds and the peace and tranquillity of the Somerset Levels. It's quiet here except for much birdsong.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Catcott still has a school, two pubs, a thriving shop and an ancient church. Walk and cycle from here along unhilly, fairly car-free roads with masses of birdlife. Dedicated birders can visit the nearby Nature Reserve for reed beds and a possible marsh harrier sighting. Otherwise you can drive to Glastonbury in 15 minutes, or Mudgley for Roger Wilkins cider. Somerton is 15 minutes.

Local points of interest from Cynthia Taylor

  • Go for lovely walks or bike rides from the end of the gardens, leading to open countryside and moors. Beautiful, tranquil nature reserves are close by. From Nov to Feb (5 mins drive) for the incredible Starling murmurations at dusk - simply breathtaking
  • We are only 15 min drive to ancient Glastonbury, with its Abbey ruins, the Tor, and a high street full of the magical and mystical (people, as well as shops!) Best shop:Dilliway and Dilliway-3 storeys of jewel coloured rooms filled with Indian treasures.
  • Our favourite pastime is a day at either the Giant Flea market, of the Antique and Collectors fair, both at the Bath and West show ground, at Shepton Mallet (30 mins) These alternate throughout the year, approx one per month. Huge, busy, exhausting, FAB!
  • Pub grub within walking distance are The Crown and King William Inne in Catcott. Within 20 mins by car: White Hart in Somerton, The Swan in Wedmore, The Duck in Burtle. In Glastonbury: Gigis/Italian, Knights/Fish&Chips, Queens of Cups/Mid Eastern food.
  • Europe's smallest city, Wells, is 25 mins away - fantastic artisan and food market wed and sat. Stunning Cathedral & Bishops Palace, shops, cafes and restaurants. Try Somerton, the medieval capital of Wessex, Wedmore, or Mudgely for cider and cheese.
  • There is plenty of live music in the area - from classical and choral in Wells, to soul, jazz and folk punk at The Old Tannery in Glastonbury (which also serves great food, winning several Taste of the West awards!) and Godney Gathering in July.


Cynthia Taylor

Cynthia and Barry, both designers and musicians, fell in love with the house when it still had a lot of Miss Havisham about it. They've been very gentle in their restoration and discovered layer upon layer of different history and architectural styles both inside the house and in the garden. They live in the bit they don’t have guests in so can be as on hand - or not - as you prefer.